Originally appeared in Orlando Sentinel
March 10, 2016
Washington, D.C.-insider and attorney John Bergmayer, in his Saturday guest column (“Orlandoans will lose if cable companies merge”), outlined a parade of horribles for city residents if Charter Communications completes its proposed acquisition of Bright House Networks.
He misses, however, the multitude of benefits this merger would provide to multicultural communities, programmers, content creators, consumers and would-be employees of the new cable company.
Charter Communications recently signed a memorandum of understanding with 12 multicultural leadership organizations representing African-American, Hispanic and Asian-Pacific Islander constituencies across the country. It includes provisions for the new company to improve diversity in the areas of corporate governance, employment/work-force recruitment and retention, procurement, programming and philanthropy/community investment.